December 4, 2022

Indian Army contingent departs for joint exercise with Uzbek Army

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New Delhi/ Yangiarik, Indian contingent comprising a platoon strength of Grenadiers Regiment departed for Yangiarik, the exercise area in Uzbekistan, on March 22 to join the Uzbek Army contingent represented by troops of the North Western Military District.

The third edition of joint training exercise between Indian and Uzbekistan armies, EX-DUSTLIK, has been conducted at Yangiarik, Uzbekistan from March 22 to 31. The last edition of DUSTLIK was conducted in Ranikhet (Uttarakhand) in March 2021.

The joint exercise would focus on Counter Terrorism operations in semi-urban terrain under a United Nations Mandate. The training schedule will focus primarily on sharing of tactical level drills and learning of best practices from each other. The exercise aims at enhancing understanding, cooperation and interoperability between two armies.

The exercise will culminate in a 24 hour long validation exercise, which will be a test bed for the soldiers of both armies as they would be undergoing the challenges of simulated operations in such scenarios.

The Grenadiers battalion nominated for the exercise is one of the highly decorated battalions of Indian Army and has the unique distinction of participating in almost all the Pre and Post Independence Operations. The unit has been awarded eight Pre-Independence Battle Honours. Post Independence, it has earned theatre honour ‘RAJASTHAN’ in 1965 war and battle honour ‘JARPAL’ in 1971 war.

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